Grateful Dead Live at The Matrix on 1968-10-30
most complete version; documented 1st gen reel on revox A-77 r2r deck> digitized @ 96khz/24 bits> downsampled to 44.1k/16bits for CD> EAC> SHN; transfer by Jim Wise; eac/shn by Darrin Sacks;
Show billed as "Mickey and the Heartbeats".
Bobby and Pigpen were absent.
* Contains Clementine hints.
** With Elvin Bishop
Subject: Mickey & the Hartbeats
The good stuff: relatively clean, pristine sound quality (just listen to that closing DS Jam!), Jack Casady on a track or two (again, that last jam sounds like Jack...), and track #13 is actually a very lovely Clementine Jam. As Jerry says, they're just screwing around. This isn't a "show". But there's some good stuff here. Strange to Jerry play a '68 Dark Star without that familiarly silly Pigpen bit (ba-da-dum, ba-da-dum, ba-dum... - you know the one).
Jack's approach suggests that if he's not going to execute a line, he'll jump ship and put his energy into landing solid on the ONE whereas Phil frequently ignores this traditional bassist role. That being said, there are rare spots in this show where Jack 'hiccups,' only to catch himself. It's his groove mechanism malfunctioning; when he senses the groove dissolving, there's a hasty knee-jerk reaction. Phil's playing is much more flow-oriented; he doesn't ever really breach the groove, but he also doesn't emphatically state it, either.
Dark Star Jam is great, if for no other reason than Casady's solo flights. While Jack and Phil's tones are similar (at least partially attributable to Wickersham and Turner's diligence, no doubt), their voices are distinctly their own.
I can't believe that such fidelity recordings are readily available. Thank goodness for Archive and its bounty!
Subject: Phil or Jack?
Who ever is playing doesn't matter. This show is 5 stars all the way.
Subject: In between gigs
The first Dark Star jam and Death Don’t Have not Mercy are the highlights here. (But listen to the Dark Star of Oct. 20.) Death Letter Blues is also good, similar to some of the 1966 material. The rest of this recording is less interesting. Some of is dull.
Track 11 is a sort of Clementine Jam, which they had played briefly at the being on the year.
There are interesting bits in this, sandwiched in between a some repetitive and not particular inspired material. Basically, it’s a rehearsal in front of a live audience without Bob and Pigpen.
Subject: TWO Darkstars
Subject: Phil Your Face
deadbase lists this show as:
"Mickey And The Hartbeats
10-30-68 The Matrix, San Francisco, Ca.
Dark Star Jam> Death Letter Blues, Other One> Lovelight, Jam> The Eleven> Death Don't, Jam*> Jam*, Prisoner Blues*, Clementine Jam, Dark Star Jam**
*with Elvin Bishop **with Jack Casady"
here's another killer garcia, casady, hart jam from Rancho Olompali 7-28-1968:
P.S. I thought I heard Jack at the beginning but the rest sounds like Lesh.
Subject: It's definatly Phil
It's an easy fact to check
Subject: Sorry Thats not Phil
Subject: On Phil
Subject: This show
Okay I had time to confirm its Cassidy, Elvin Bishop, Garcia and Hart booked as Mickey and the Hartbeats. So all you folks need to apoligize to the best bassest out of San Fran......Mr Jack Cassidy :)
Subject: Jerry Garcia and Divinity
Subject: Please share the wealth
Subject: Might not be the "Grateful Dead"
Subject: im freakin hooked on this show
My dad was home and enjoyed every bite of it even at one point be an educator of drug education!
Ahh! The great contradictions of life!
Subject: Extremely Great Show
Subject: Mickey and the Heartbeats
Sound quality is A+.
Subject: Phil is ON!
I agree with the reviews, but want to strongly emphasize that Phil is really ripping throughout this impromptu gig. In fact, it almost sounds like Mingus has somehow takin' over Phil's body. Good stuff.
For an example, check out Track #3 on Disc #3. You can hear Jerry say to the crowd (or the drummers): "Phil is hot!" (or something like that). Can anyone who downloads the SHN version more clearly pickup what Jerry says about Phil's playing? If so, post it up.
Oh yeah, one more thing...download this NOW!
Keep on keeping on.
Subject: do me suwopqitjh o
Subject: Silly, just plain silly!!
I had a copy of this on cassette, but it was not this complete, and had some generation hiss. Thanks to the uploader!!!
This is a must have for any Dea fan who really enjoys the jamming aspect of the music.
I would have given the show a 5, but its not REALLY the Grateful Dead, w/o Bob, and Pig I cannot really consider it a GDead show. Other than that view, I have really liked this show for many years.
Subject: Must Have!
Subject: very nice indeed